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Sunflower Festival

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, October 3, 2015 through Sunday, October 4, 2015
10am-4pm

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Stroll through fields of golden sunflowers while collecting some to take home, pick your favorite pumpkin to launch, take on a hay ride and visit with the animals at Gorman Heritage Farm’s Sunflower Festival. Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks and music and crafts from local artisans all while exploring the beautiful living history of a working farm, founded in 1835.

This annual celebration of the fall harvest is a local favorite, receiving recognition as one of the best events in the state according to Ohio Magazine. Join us for Gorman Heritage Farm’s 12th Annual Sunflower Festival. There’s something for everyone at the Farm!

Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Gorman Heritage Farm / (513) 563-6663 /

http://gormanfarm.org

 

Beekeeping Webinar: Honey Bee Foraging in Ohio's Landscapes

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
9-10 a.m.

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Part of a free, monthly webinar series. Registration is not required. Access the live or recorded session on your computer, smart phone, or iPad. All webinars are recorded and archived at http://u.osu.edu/beelab/.

This session features Doug Sponsler, The Ohio State University.


Contact:
Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/

 

2015 SPN–USA National Conference

Wilmot, OH 

Monday, October 5, 2015 through Wednesday, October 7, 2015
12pm

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The Sustainable Poultry Network–USA National Conference (formally known as Regional Coaching Clinics) is unique to any conference in North America.

The on-farm training will include, egg candling, toe punching with day old chicks for breeder identification and “breeder selection” with various breeds of live birds. During the two-day conference, you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded farmers from all over the United States!
Tuition includes all meals during the conference, the outstanding heritage poultry dinner on Tuesday night and numerous books/resources (over an $100 value) as well as a complete conference training manual.

Wholesome Valley Farm
927 US-62

Contact:
Sustainable Poultry Network

http://www.spnUSA.com

 

Poultry Processing for the Small Farm and Homestead Workshop

Loudonville, OH  

Sunday, October 11, 2015
10am-4pm

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Take control of your food by learning to efficiently and humanely process your own chickens. Join Cara and Jason Tipton of Tea Hills Farms for a firsthand processing experience and tour of the pastured poultry operation. Together they raise poultry on lush pastures and run an on-farm state-inspected processing facility. The day will begin with a hands-on training in start to finish poultry processing, with students directly participating in each step. Attendees will tour the pastures and look at different shelter designs while learning about the basics of raising poultry on pasture and results of recent OSU research on using naked oats for feed. After a home-cooked lunch provided by Tea Hills Farms, Cara and Jason will discuss on-farm processing regulations and equipment. At the end of the day, each attendee will be able to take home two fresh chickens!

Cost: $75 for OEFFA members, $90 for non-members. Price includes lunch and two fresh chickens to take home.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 15 participants, so please register early. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/poultryprocessing or send a check made out to OEFFA along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Process Your Own Poultry, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, or to register by phone, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 206. To learn more about Tea Hills Farms, call (419) 685-1689 or go to www.teahillsfarms.com.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Tea Hills Farms
269 Township Rd. 2450, Loudonville, OH 44842

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /

Milo Petruziello / /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/poultryprocessing

 

Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy

Kirtland, OH  

Thursday, October 15, 2015 through Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Learn how to combine a passion for gardening and helping people through the innovative field of horticultural therapy. Join students from across the country to learn more by enrolling in Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy this fall in one of three locations.

At the non-profit, Horticultural Therapy Institute (HTI), our mission is to provide education and training in HT to those new to, or experienced with, the practice of using gardening and plants to improve the lives of others. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching best practices with passion, and our past students form a community of learners that become horticultural therapy practitioners in a variety of settings. Take one class, or the full certificate program, and see how our curriculum can meet your needs. With its unique format, you don’t need to live where the classes are held. We offer the classes in a four-day intensive format to accommodate those who must travel to attend.

Class cost is $800 ($650 for full-time college students with proof of student status). The remaining three certificate classes will be held in Colorado and North Carolina. Students can earn college credit from Colorado State University in order to meet the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) professional standards. To complete a full certificate in HT plan to attend three additional classes.

For full class descriptions, schedules and enrollment forms go to our web site or give us a call.

The Herb Society of America
9019 Kirtland Chardon Rd. Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Contact:
Christine Kramer, Program Manager / 303-388-0500 /

http://www.htinstitute.org

 

Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy

Kirtland, OH  

Thursday, October 15, 2015 through Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Learn how to combine a passion for gardening and helping people through the innovative field of horticultural therapy. Join students from across the country to learn more by enrolling in Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy this fall in one of three locations.

At the non-profit, Horticultural Therapy Institute (HTI), our mission is to provide education and training in HT to those new to, or experienced with, the practice of using gardening and plants to improve the lives of others. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching best practices with passion, and our past students form a community of learners that become horticultural therapy practitioners in a variety of settings. Take one class, or the full certificate program, and see how our curriculum can meet your needs. With its unique format, you don’t need to live where the classes are held. We offer the classes in a four-day intensive format to accommodate those who must travel to attend.

Class cost is $800 ($650 for full-time college students with proof of student status). The remaining three certificate classes will be held in Colorado and North Carolina. Students can earn college credit from Colorado State University in order to meet the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) professional standards. To complete a full certificate in HT plan to attend three additional classes.

For full class descriptions, schedules and enrollment forms go to our web site or give us a call.

The Herb Society of America
9019 Kirtland Chardon Rd. Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Contact:
Christine Kramer, Program Manager / 303-388-0500 /

http://www.htinstitute.org

 

Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC) meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
4:30-6:30pm

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Formed in late 2011, the Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC)seeks to expand, strengthen and maintain a resilient and local food system in Franklin County.
The Council meets every other month on Tuesday from 4:30-6:30pm at MORPC headquarters (111 Liberty Street, Columbus, 43215) - this meeting is open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC headquarters
111 Liberty Street, Columbus, 43215

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 

Finding Your Niche: Aligning Products, Markets, and Your Interests for Maximum Productivity, Profit

Cleveland, OH  

Saturday, October 24, 2015
2-5pm

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With space at a premium, it is important for urban farmers to choose their crops and markets wisely. Urban homesteader Rachel Tayse Baillieul of Columbus will share how she hones in on trends and researches competition when making product decisions, evaluates potential sales outlets including farmers' markets and wholesale clients, and tries to factor her own happiness and good health into decision-making. Rachel will present in the event space at Great Lakes Brewery. After the workshop enjoy networking and a private tour of Ohio City Farm hosted by the Refugee Response.

About the Instructor: Rachel Tayse Baillieul farms with Swainway Urban Farm, which specializes in microgreens, mushrooms, vegetables, and seedlings for farmers' markets, restaurants, and retailers. She also educates urban farmers and homesteaders as a founder of the Columbus Agrarian Society, and blogs about her family’s adventures in urban homesteading. Learn more at: www.swainway.com, www.columbusagrariansociety.com, and www.harmonioushomestead.com.

Cost: $20, includes the presentation, tour, and light refreshments.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/niche or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the workshop of your choice, the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Urban Ag Exchange, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information or to register by phone, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 206.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

The Refugee Response at Ohio City Farm
Bridge Ave. and W. 24th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /

Milo Petruziello / /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/niche

 

Solar Electric Workshops

Wooster, OH 

Monday, October 26, 2015 through Friday, October 30, 2015
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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With prices for photovoltaic (PV) systems falling and demand exploding, solar energy is becoming economical for nearly every home or farm. If you have ever wanted to make your farm energy independent, take your homestead off the grid, or start your own business installing PV systems, now is a great time!

Join OEFFA and Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a five-day training course where you will learn how to design and install PV systems. The course will be equally divided between lectures and hands-on labs. You will learn with a working PV system, dismantling and reinstalling it, troubleshooting, and testing its proper operation. You will also learn how to integrate a working wind turbine into the PV system. At the end of the week, you will have the opportunity to sit for an internationally recognized certification Level 1 examination offered by the Electronic Technicians Association (ETA), which allows you to receive a respected industry credential demonstrating your knowledge.

Cost: $930 for OEFFA members, $970 for non-members. The cost includes ETA fees, an installation toolkit, and a course workbook. Lunch is provided on each class day. Contact OEFFA if you would like to discuss installment options. All attendees must be paid in full by the beginning of their first class.

Registration: Registration is limited to 10 students. Register online at www.oeffa.org by Wednesday, October 21 for the Wooster workshop.

Please note: This event was originally scheduled for October 12-16, but has been rescheduled for October 26-30. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Local Roots
140 S. Walnut St., Wooster, OH

Contact:
Milo Petruziello / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/pv-certification-solar-electric-workshops

 

Homemade Pasta 101

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, November 7, 2015
6-8:30pm

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Calling all pasta lovers! Do you know how to make fresh pasta by hand? Join us for a night of exploring different recipes and shapes for your favorite pasta dishes. We'll share our delicious and easy dough recipe and learn the basics of kneading, rolling, and cutting fresh pasta. Of course, no pasta is complete without a delectable homemade tomato sauce! Bring your friends and your own drinks for fun filled night of pasta!

Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Gorman Heritage Farm / (513) 563-6663 /

http://gormanfarm.org

 

Permaculture Design Course

Johnstown, OH 

Sunday, September 13, 2015 through Sunday, November 8, 2015

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This hands-on PDC unites theory with practical applications. Our transformative, 72-hour curriculum prepares individuals to become pro-active ecological designers, and covers the following topics:

• Permaculture Principles and Ethics
• Rapid Soil Rehabilitation
• Designing with the Patterns of Nature
• Water Harvesting
• Food Forests
• Regenerating Resilient Communities
• Animal Systems
• Renewable Energy Solutions
• Homesteading Urban Ecosystems
 
Taught by experts in our field, you will get a deep understanding of permaculture from a scientific background. Bonus! Featured guest speaker Joel Salatin!
 
Cost: $1,000. Coffee, tea, and snacks included.

Copia Farm 

Contact:
Copia Farm / (614) 915-9269 /

http://www.copiaohio.com

 

Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
4:30-7:30 p.m.

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Formed in late 2011, the Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC) seeks to expand, strengthen, and maintain a resilient and local food system in Franklin County and the surrounding area.The Council meets every other month; meetings are open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC Headquarters
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 

First Friday Hops Tours

Wooster and Piketon, OH 

Friday, January 2, 2015 through Friday, December 4, 2015
10am-12pm

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The new, innovative Ohio hops research program offered by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is offering free monthly tours of its hops fields in Wooster and Piketon, where specialists are studying new production and management techniques.

The free tours are designed to be mini-workshops to provide basic information on getting started in hops production and what resources are available for growers. The tours will feature basic information on the ins and outs of hops production, including trellis construction, drip irrigation and evaluation of different varieties of hops. The tours are offered by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the outreach and research arms of the college.

The Wooster tours are hosted by Mary Gardiner, an Ohio State entomologist, and led by Chelsea Smith, an Ohio State entomology research assistant. The South Centers tours are hosted by Brad Bergefurd and assisted by Thom Harker, an Ohio State horticulture research assistant.
Topics to be discussed during the tours include:
• Hop yard construction
• Establishment cost
• Bine training
• Irrigation
• Variety selection
• Fertilization

The deadline to register is the Wednesday before the first Friday of the month.



Wooster and Piketon, OH

Contact:
/ 740-289-2071 /

 

Christmas Wreathes

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

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Yes - we're already thinking about the holidays here on the farm! It'll be here before we know it. To prepare for this year's Christmas season, sign up to create a beautiful, festive wreath that will add a touch of color to your home.

Reserve a spot at http://www.sunnymeadowsflowerfarm.bigcartel.com/product/christmas-wreathes-workshop

Sunny Meadows Flower Farm
3555 Watkins Road Columbus, OH 43232

Contact:
Gretel and Steve Adams

http://www.sunnymeadowsflowerfarm.com

 

Holiday Family Fun – Gingerbread Houses

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, December 12, 2015
1-3:30pm

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Create holiday memories that your child will talk about for years to come. Spend the morning/afternoon with your child as you learn how to make gingerbread from scratch, create your edible architectural masterpiece and decorate with fervor. The created gingerbread house as well as extra gingerbread dough to take home is yours to keep as a centerpiece to any Holiday decoration. Sign up today because this class sells out fast!

Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Gorman Heritage Farm / (513) 563-6663 /

http://gormanfarm.org

 

Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC) meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
4:30-6:30pm

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Formed in late 2011, the Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC)seeks to expand, strengthen and maintain a resilient and local food system in Franklin County.

The Council meets every other month on Tuesday from 4:30-6:30pm at MORPC headquarters (111 Liberty Street, Columbus, 43215) - this meeting is open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC headquarters
111 Liberty Street, Columbus, 43215

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 
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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214

Phone: (614) 421-2022   Fax: (614) 421-2011